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Work stoppage reported at FCA Jefferson North plant in Detroit over COVID-19 concerns

Posted at 10:24 AM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 18:41:36-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — 7 Action News has confirmed the Fiat Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit has been going through two work stoppages staged by workers – one last night and again this morning.

Pictures from inside the plant show workers standing in the blue safety areas while the assembly line is shut down.

It is not known how long the work stoppage may last and if workers will resume or go home for the day,

United Autoworkers Union Spokesman Brian Rothenberg says union officials are working with management this morning to resolve safety issues.

Workers became upset when they say three co-workers tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days. FCA said they have no confirmed cases at the plan.

Workers also say they are upset that management personnel inside the plant are not always following safety protocols including always wearing a mask and taking temperatures.

FCA released this statement to 7 Action News:

"The health and safety of our workforce has continued to be our top priority since our plants resumed production in May. The Company has implemented a comprehensive, multi-layered program of enhanced safety measures designed to safeguard our employees. While there is no confirmed case at Jefferson North, some employees have stopped working over concerns about the virus. We are working with the UAW to address all workplace concerns in order to resume operations."

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